100 Reasons To Replace Your Treble Hooks (Graphic)

By: Joseph Simonds on July 11, 2019
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fish hook stuck in your face hand

If you don’t like blood, you’re definitely not going to like this article.

(If this is you, click over here and read happy things like when the best day to go fishing is.)

But if you think you can stomach it, below are 100 reasons why you should switch the treble hooks on your hard plastic lures out for single hooks.

1/3 of the hooks = 1/3 of the chance of you hooking yourself.

And not only do you decrease the chance of you hooking yourself, but you also decrease the chance of you hooking your clothes and everything else that treble hooks like to get snagged on.

Plus, it’s better for the fish.

There will be fewer holes in their mouths, and less of a chance to accidentally hook them in the gills or eyes.

And finally, it’s a big time saver!

You’ll be saving time dehooking fish, dehooking your shirt, and (worst of all) potentially dehooking yourself.

But if the time-saving and fish-saving factors can’t convince you, maybe these 100 unfortunate people can.

(P.S. You can get replacement single hooks on our shop here)

100 Reasons To Swap Out Your Treble Hooks

fishing hook injury

Image Source: http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/ouch-fish-hook-injuries

If you don’t want to pierce your ears the accidental way, you should swap out your treble hooks.

fish hook injury

Image Source: http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/ouch-fish-hook-injuries

This poor guy is in quite the pickle with both hands hooked.

treble hook in the finger

Image source: https://www.theonlinefisherman.com/how-to-fish/hook-injuries-part-i

Yep, there’s the tip of the hook playing peek-a-boo out from under his skin.

treble hook injury

Image Source: https://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/fishing/2012/04/survival-skills-how-remove-fish-hook-and-treat-injury/

I bet this guy wishes he read this article before he went fishing that morning.

treble hook in thumb

Image Source: http://roughfish.com/content/past-barb-fishing-accident-thread

I’m no doctor, but that looks like it really hurts.

crankbait hook in hand

Image Source: https://www.boatus.com/magazine/trailering/archives/cuts-and-bites.asp

How does this even happen?

Image Source: https://www.picluck.net/tag/drawesome

All I see is the shank of the hook, but judging by the blood, I think I know where the points are…

treble hook in the thumb

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.at/pin/520236194428019238/

Out of six hooks, this guy only got one through the thumb. We’ll count that as a success.

Image Source: https://www.stripersonline.com/surftalk/topic/649822-ouch-thank-god-it-was-a-freshwater-treble/

The thumbs seem to be a common theme here. Watch your thumbs people.

fishing hooks in the back

Image Source: https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/fishing-hooks-hurt.128159/

Some people apparently like pain. If you’re sick of getting skunked and you haven’t taken our Inshore Skunk Factor Quiz, then I surmise that you enjoy the pain of getting skunked.

Image Source: https://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/fishing/2012/04/survival-skills-how-remove-fish-hook-and-treat-injury/

Do you think this guy went to the hospital, or continued fishing?

hook in chin

Image Source: https://fishwithjd.com/2016/01/06/how-to-deal-with-a-hook-in-your-skin-2/

This guy was not saved by the hair of his chinny chin chin.

treble hook in the eye

Image Source: https://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/fishing/2012/04/survival-skills-how-remove-fish-hook-and-treat-injury/

Eye can’t believe he got a treble hook stuck there…

treble hook in your face

Image Source: https://www.wideopenspaces.com/fisherman-extracts-treble-hook-lip-video/

That’s one way to pierce your lip…

fishing hook in the thumb

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF4cptv7L3k

Nailed it!

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/maureenhoey2463/fishing-accident/

The good news is that if the hook goes all the way through your hand, it’s easier to take out…

treble hook in thumb

Image Source: http://www.fishwrench.com/fishwrench/Articles/Article.aspx?ArticleID=16

The hook is supposed to go in the fish, not your thumb…

fishing hook in your head

Image Source: http://www.malingle.com/2015/04/this-is-story-all-about-boy-hook-and.html

Did he do this to himself, or was he teaching his girlfriend to fish? Which situation would you rather be in?

treble hook finger injury

Image Source: https://finish-tackle.com/product/fishing-hook-remover/

He tried to rig his finger weedless!

fishing hook in the finger

Image Source: https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com/f49/good-day-gone-bad-150783/

If you haven’t switched out your treble hooks by now, there might be something wrong with you…

mirrodine lure hook in finger

Image Source: https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com/f49/good-day-gone-bad-150783/

Be honest, has this ever happened to you?

how to deal with a hook in your finger

Image Source: https://fishwithjd.com/2016/01/06/how-to-deal-with-a-hook-in-your-skin-2/

A little bit of ice will make your finger feel right as rain in no time! (That’s how it works, right?)

hook in pinky finger in the bone

Image Source: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2017/sep/23/stringers-hooked-yellowtail-matt-hayward/

I’m pretty sure this went into the bone…

fishing hook in the pointer finger

Image Source: http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/ouch-fish-hook-injuries

Nothing a little saltwater can’t help!

fishing hook in the nose

Image Source: https://www.wideopenspaces.com/15-painfully-crazy-fish-hook-accidents-pics/

In lots of current you’re supposed to hook a pinfish through the nose, but I don’t think there are ever any scenarios where you’re supposed to hook yourself through the nose.

artificial lure hook stuck in hand

Image Source: https://busy.org/@spinner/about-injuries-on-fishing-the-hook-is-not-stuck-in-the-fish-and-your-hand-what-to-do

When your buddy tells you you’re coming up on fish and to have your favorite lure in hand, this is not what he means.

fishing hook stuck in finger

Image Source: https://www.novascotiafishing.com/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/1709-eden-derby-hook-in-finger/

The treble hook strikes again!

fishing hook in finger

Image Source: https://shefishes2.com/how-to-remove-a-fish-hook/

Even the small hooks can find their way into your finger…

treble hook in the finger

Image Source: https://imgur.com/gallery/3HQmx/comment/1014692881

I don’t believe this is how he envisioned his fishing trip going.

fishing hook stuck under finger nail

Image Source: https://www.nwtigermuskies.com/help-for-beginning-anglers/

Nailed it again!

fishing hook in finger

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/fishtec/fishing-fails-and-injuries/

Fish all over the world will be smugly reading this article, thinking, “This is what you get.”

fishing hook in the back of the head

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/459156124487081069/

Good thing he’s already bald right? Should make removing the hook a little easier…

bloody fishing hook in finger

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/459156124487081069/

That’s a lot of blood…

fishing hook in lip

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZdlKi4VxDU

I haven’t seen any women in these pictures yet. I wonder if that means anything…

fishing hook stuck in finger

Image Source: http://www.montanaoutdoor.com/2016/05/how-to-get-a-hook-out-of-your-finger/

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fishing hook lodged in finger

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HFMxrZlum0

This knuckle-head right here…

ice fishing hook stuck in finger

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnYqc32mGxA

Ice fishermen are not immune to this epidemic.

fishing hook stuck in finger

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i26GaTx2Xg8

Aaaaaand another one in the finger.

embedded treble hook

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciniriJ1j2E

This barb is going to feel really good coming out…

fishing hook in two fingers

Image Source: http://hooklineandsinker.ca/23639-2/

This diving plug dove right into his fingers!

hook stuck in foot

Image Source: http://www.bigwatersedge.com/bwevb/showthread.php?t=31353

This will not be a pleasant removal.

fishing hook tattoo

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199847302194179712/?lp=true

Not sure what kind of doctor we’re going to need to call to get this one out.

cut-off hook stuck in finger

Image Source: https://www.onthewater.com/hooked

This is what a completed step 1 looks like. Now all he has to do is slide the rest of the hook out. Shouldn’t be too bad, right?

fish hook removal in hospital

Image Source: https://aneskey.com/fishhook-removal/

Looks like this guy is already in the hospital getting this taken care of. Good for him!

treble hook stuck in hand

Image Source: https://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=281156

At least he didn’t get all three hooks stuck in his hand, right?

fish hook stuck in arm

Image Source: https://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=281156

It’s going to be a little bit before he can’t resume flexin for the ladies.

remove a fishing hook from hand

Image Source: http://www.montanaoutdoor.com/2013/07/how-to-remove-a-fish-hook-from-hand-like-a-pro/

If this happens to you, are you going to the hospital to remove it? Or doing it yourself?

fish hook stuck in cheek

Image Source: https://www.tacklescout.com/how-to-remove-a-fish-hook-from-skin/

This guy’s got a big old smile on his face for being hooked in the cheek.

removing a fish hook stuck in hand

Image Source: https://www.tacklescout.com/how-to-remove-a-fish-hook-from-skin/

Unfortunately replacing your treble hooks with single hooks can’t stop this level of insanity.

replace treble hooks with single hooks

Image Source: https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/190964-jason-christie/

When you cut the rest of the hook off, it actually doesn’t look so bad!

fishing hook stuck in finger

Image Source: http://hooklineandsinker.ca/fishing-gallery/megabass-hook-in-finger-danny-aaa-2/

Would you rather have this hook stuck in your finger or eat a roasted cockroach with mayonnaise on it?

fish hook in the finger

Image Source: https://www.bassmaster.com/tips/painless-hook-removal

Every 17 minutes, a man gets a treble hook stuck in his finger (and 75% of stats are made up).

fish hook in finger

Image Source: https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/576312-best-hook-cutters.html

I think at this point it might be better to just cut the top half of the pinky off.

hook in finger

Image Source: http://vyak.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=15165


hook in hand

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agpE1r2-2T0

Started his fishing trip on the boat, ended in the hospital. Not how you want to end the day.

fish hook in hand

Image Source: https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=333386.0

At this point I’m very thankful that I switched out my treble hooks with single hooks without having to go through this.

fish hook removal

Image Source: https://www.wideopenspaces.com/tag/hook-removal/

It looks like they’re trying to poke the point all the way through the skin, and I’m very thankful this is not a video.

fishing hook in foot

Image Source: https://www.homesteadingtoday.com/threads/worse-than-stepping-on-a-lego.489219/

At this point, Mr. Johnson wishes his son still left legos laying around on the floor.

hook in the thigh

Image Source: https://news.orvis.com/fly-fishing/video-pro-tips-remove-fly-stuck-skin

This brave man is attempting to pull the hook out himself with this loop. Good luck, sir!

fish hook stuck in leg

Image Source: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/fish-hook-removal-101.485243/

Either this guy accidentally got two single hooks stuck in his leg, or he’s doing this is a demonstration for hook removal. Either way, he needs to get professional help.

fish hook in the lip

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3rfXtGJ15Q

If you want to catch more fish, you can’t just think like a fish, you need to really know what they’re feeling.

remove fish hook from skin

Image Source: https://www.tacklescout.com/how-to-remove-a-fish-hook-from-skin/

Looks like we have some on-the-water surgery going on here!

hook stuck in face and beard

Image source: https://imgur.com/gallery/dk8AN

If I were to become a doctor, I’d be a fishing hook removal doctor. They seem to get a lot of business.

fishing hook tattoo

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/loco179/tattoos/

I don’t see why he didn’t just put a real hook through his eyebrow or lip and get a tattoo of something else.

hook in the eye

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV-wbtDG4Iw

I’m just going to pretend like I didn’t see this and try not to puke.

hook in hand surgey

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q96tb0A70IY

This doesn’t look too good.

fishing hook in face

Image Source: https://www.louisianasportsman.com/fishing/video-the-best-hook-removal-technique/

Is his buddy just not going to tell him he has a lure stuck in his face?

fishing hook stuck in head

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z43egcTdd3M

If you’re going to get a lure stuck in your head, just make sure it matches your hat.

little boy with hook in his head

Image Source: https://hip2save.com/2013/06/12/fish-hook-in-the-head-and-big-birthday-bash/

Here’s the link again for replacement hooks for anyone with children: Single Replacement Hooks

fish hook in the leg

Image Source: https://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/fishing/2012/04/survival-skills-how-remove-fish-hook-and-treat-injury/

Would you rather get a hook stuck in the leg or the hand?

fish hook in thigh

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGrWlhjK-fs

The yellow stuff doesn’t look healthy.

jake fromm UGA qb hook removal

Image Source: https://www.gon.com/news/uga-qb-jake-fromm-er-hook-removed

UGA Quarterbacks are not immune to the epidemic either.

fish hook in the leg

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JeHPSPci6M

Another one bites the dust…

hook in the foot

Image Source: http://www.bigwatersedge.com/bwevb/showthread.php?t=31353

This can’t be comfortable…

hooked bird

Image Source: http://blog.bird-rescue.org/index.php/category/fishing-gear-injuries/

People aren’t the only victims here!

treble hook stuck in hand

Image Source: https://www.webstagram.one/tag/treblehook

Considering that looks like a really uncomfortable situation, that’s a pretty high-quality picture of the hook in his hand!

fishing hook stuck

Image Source: https://www.wideopenspaces.com/tag/hook-removal/

Although this is definitely a face-palm situation, that would be a very bad idea right now.

hook lodged in hand

Image Source: https://nwsportsmanmag.wordpress.com/2010/page/8/

That’s pretty deep in there…

alligator hook stuck in leg

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkVhgc29Trc

That barb is looking mighty big…

thumb hooked fishing hook

Image Source: http://www.outsidebozeman.com/activities/fishing/painless-hook-removal

Thumbs beware…

fish hook stuck in leg

Image Source: https://www.bdoutdoors.com/bolt-cutters-boat-tip1/

Sky’s out, thighs out.

hook in the foot

Image Source: https://www.wideopenspaces.com/15-painfully-crazy-fish-hook-accidents-pics/

Bet he wishes he wore sneakers that day.

fish hook in thumb

Image Source: http://forums.pelicanparts.com/off-topic-discussions/554362-fishing-accident-dont-look-if-sensitive.html

Considering the number of people who’ve been hooked, I’m feeling very blessed right now.

something about mary fish hook scene

Image Source: There’s Something About Mary

Think Ben Stiller can avoid the evil treble hook? Think again.

fish hook in the eye

Image Source: http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/graphic-man-gets-fish-hook-eye

I have to assume that the eyeball is the most painful place to get a treble hook lodged.

fish hook hand

Image Source: Instagram user @nemhed

Poor dude.

fish hook in finger

Image Source: Instagram user @caseylrand

It’s the little things that hurt the most…

fish hook finger

Image Source: Instagram user @yourbudjerry

Yeah, this can’t feel good…

Image Source: Instagram user @jaredswagford

This is a pretty gnarly lure!

Hook stuck in the giner

Image Source: Instagram user @createevokeessentialoils

If only the ring was a bit thicker…

Image Source: Instagram user @mackjaunders

It might’ve hurt going in, but it’ll be a whole other beast coming out.

Image Source: Instagram user: sanguinary13

Here’s another reason to always wear sunglasses on the water!

Image Source: Instagram user @backwoodzbassin

That rust doesn’t look good.

Image Source: Instagram user @richie2ricardo

If you haven’t swapped out your treble hooks, what are you waiting on?!

Image Source: Instagram user @walleyephil

I’m not saying this wouldn’t have happened with single hooks, but there’s 2/3 less of a chance…

Image Source: Instagram user @hooklineandsmile

Caught a big one here!

Image Source: Instagram user @auscoastsafaris

Judging by the look on his face, getting hooked might not actually be that bad.

Image Source: https://www.strikehook.com/index.php?/forums/topic/16315-show-us-your-fishing-injuries-graphic-content/

I’ll swap out my treble hooks, thank you very much.

Image source: http://dailysaltwater.com/category/first-aid/

Reason #100 to swap out your treble hooks for single hooks.


If you’ve made it through this entire list without gagging or deciding to swap out your treble hooks for single hooks immediately, then you might have a couple of loose screws in your noggin.

But if you have decided to swap out your treble hooks for single hooks, check out these two links:

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David Fender

I hate treble hooks and this article made me remember why. I replace them as soon as I buy a lure with treble hooks. Thanks for getting that supple of inline hooks by the way. I stocked up on all the sizes

Gary Rankel

Why is that guy with the treble hanging from his ear smiling??

George Murphy

🤢🤮 Speaking of wearing sunglasses. I had a fish spit a spoon (single hook silver minnow) at the jetty and it came flying back & smashed right into my Costa lens, cut my lip but didn’t set itself. If it hadn’t been for wearing sunglasses I might have ended up like those poor eyeball-hooked anglers. Brrrrr.